January, 2011, Francesco Di Tommaso
Northern Mediterranean, Southern Italy
When Storms in the Mediterranean kick up a long enough fetch for swells to hit Italy.....This happens.
Frigid winter air and Santa Cruz winter water temp's Don't keep Francesco out of the water.
Back in 2007, Francesco told me, "I'd like you to shape me a gun.....disguised as a longboard".
This is what I shaped for him. This 9-0, pulled-in double ender, with low relaxed rocker, subtle single-into-double bottom contour and a set of reverse-D-template quads that I designed for it....... is deceivingly fast. This is what he is riding in these photos.
After riding it, he has named it, "Tube Machine" or T.M. for short.